The mission of the Chicago Southwest Development Corporation is to create self-sustaining communities throughout Chicago’s underserved neighborhoods, to enrich the lives of families through nontraditional education, recreation, and health and wellness programs, and to enhance social service programs that specifically meet the needs of each individual community. This innovative model generates revenue through its leases which fund programs and projects that are traditionally funded short-term by state, federal and city tax dollars.
FOCAL POINT COMMUNITY CAMPUS
The Focal Point Community Campus will provide valuable programs and services for close to half a million residents from the west and southwest sides of Chicago, while serving as a national model for community development. The campus will reside on 30-acres at 31st and Kedzie Avenue, the site of the former Washburne Trade School.
This new multi-use complex will off a range of health and wellness, education, recreation and retail elements focused on the complete well-being of community members, as well promote economic development through training, business incubators and creating new jobs in health care, education, retail and construction.
A relocated Saint Anthony Hospital will serve as an anchor tenant of the campus and will continue to provide emergency and medical care that turns no one away, regardless of ability to pay. There will also be outpatient and specialty clinics to meet a wide range of rehabilitative and health maintenance needs.
“Focal Point will usher in a new era of hope into a community that has seen too much disinvestment for way too long,” Guy A. Medaglia, CEO of Chicago Southwest Development Corp. “I am proud of the support this project has received from every corner of this community all the way to Washington, D.C., and am fully committed to seeing this visionary plan through for the City of Chicago.”
To learn more about this project, please visit FocalPointChicago.org.